(Original Equipment Manufacturer) Hardware: The rebranding of equipment and selling it under another name. Software: Software that comes with a piece of hardware (for example a camera) that is supplied by the hardware manufacturer an can usually not be bought separately

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What OEM Windows 8 licenses exist, and how do I tell which one is installed on my laptop? [closed]

I plan to purchase a new Lenovo laptop that comes preinstalled with Windows 8 (the exact product statement is Windows 8 64). As far as I understand, that's an OEM version. The problem is that I need ...
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Skipping serial prompt installing custom unattended Windows Seven DVD and getting OEM key instead

I'm currently doing my first custom unattended Windows Seven DVD creation. I used WAIK with a retail Windows Seven DVD and created a "AutoUnattend.xml" file thanks to WSIM. Aiming to have a ...
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OEM Product Key from Product ID?

I re-installed my Windows 7 installation and I am being asked for the Product Key. But alas, stupid me, I had jotted down the Product ID and not the actual Product Key. Unfortunately, I lost the ...
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Can I use a Retail DVD media with an OEM key to install Windows Vista?

I got a Fujitsu computer with OEM license key and Windows Vista. I would like to reinstall Windows on it. But I didn't get any Windows media with it. However, I do poses more than just one DVD ...
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Does OEM partition stores Windows 7 serial key ?

Does OEM partition stores the serial key which is grabbed by the Win 7 setup done from the disk provided with laptop. I realized that when you install clean system from Windows 7 disk you get with ...
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How to remove the windows 7 bootloader from my OEM partition?

I have a laptop with an OEM partition containing the files for a recovery of Windows XP. In the past I've used this OEM partition by setting it active and let the computer boot it. It would ...
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Can I use the same OEM windows 7 key on two computers in my house

Will I be able to, and what is the worst that can happen to my laptop with the original OEM key. Will Microsoft invalid my key on both computers or not. And my brother did this for the other computer ...
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Windows 7 OEM reinstallation disk on a larger drive does not complete. Is there a work-around? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Window's can't be configured after a system restore The 320gb hard disk of my Sony Vaio crashed, and I asked Sony reinstallation disk, while buying a new Western ...
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How to Virtualize an OEM windows install. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to install and transfer Windows licenses? I've bought a new ...
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Imaging Dell OEM Windows 7 install onto other Dell laptops purchased

We have ordered 70 dell laptops directly from dell. We are wondering if we can take the existing OEM install of windows on one of the laptops, add some files and then deploy that image to the rest of ...
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OEM software / Windows Server advice

I need to set up a laptop as a server and I understand that I need a Windows Server OS to enable more than one simultaneous VPN connection. Correct? If so, would Windows Small Business Server do the ...
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview OEM Drivers

I recently bought an Acer Z5771 and I was wondering what sort of support I should be expecting in terms of drivers compatible with Windows 8 CP? As the computer is multitouch I was hoping to test out ...
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Keeping OEM software after reinstalling OS (Toshiba NB550D)

OK, this is a problem I've had a couple of times over the years with laptops (But made worse by current trend of not giving CD's with computer, and instead have hard drive partitions with just a ...
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Convert OEM Windows XP box to virtual machine?

I know I can technically convert an existing Windows XP box to a virtual machine. (e.g. VMWare converter). What I do not quite understand is whether I can then actuall use this image/guest. The ...
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Transfer Windows 7 64-bit system builder to VirtualBox instance on same machine

Let's suppose I purchase a Windows 7 64-bit system builder license for a particular machine. Sometime next year (or the year after that) when Windows 8 comes out, I'd like to install it on the same ...
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Where can I download Windows Vista?

I have a dying HDD in a 5 year old ACER laptop running Vista 32 bit, but I do not have the OEM CD to do a fresh install. ACER laptops comes with the bootable partition in the HDD, but it is useless ...
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Can I install Windows 7 Professional (x64 using OEM disc) on a Dell laptop which currently has Vista (x32) OEM?

I am planning on moving to Windows 7. The machine currently have Vista Ultimate (x32) OEM running on it. I have already run the Upgrade Advisor and the machine meets the system requirements for a 64 ...
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What is a preactivated version of Windows 7 (Ultimate)?

I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium installed. And I'm considering an online upgrade purchase of Windows 7 Ultimate. The site's description of the product reads: "Microsoft ...
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Can I activate Windows XP Pro installed from Retail (or VL) media with OEM key?

I have Windows XP Professional OEM key on the sticker on the computer, but I don't have a OEM media to perform reinstall. I could obtain (it doesn't matter how) an installation ISO images from MSDN ...
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Windows7 cheapest price, OEM versions vs. product-key only? [closed]

I'm looking for the cheapest solution to get a Windows 7 to my netcafe. Personally I use Gnu/Linux but apparently most of people don't. I'm thinking of ordering windows product keys only, to cut the ...
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Can't install Ubuntu due to “unusable space” - what should I do?

I have the following partitions: When trying to install Ubuntu, it failed to read any of them and said "unusable space". The same from Kubuntu, Arch Linux and OpenSUSE. I tried to reinstall ...
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Overwrite your Windows folder with a backed up copy

Currently attempting to restore a backup. I'm left wondering whether HP intends for me to just overwrite my whole C: drive with the contents from the backup. Overwriting the Users folder, Application ...
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How to tell if a Windows 7 re-install disk (and subsequent installation) is OEM or not?

How do I tell if a Windows 7 re-install disk is OEM (and subsequent installation) or not? Can I explore the disk to look for a certain file or setting. And once installed can I go into the control ...
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Can I install Windows 7 OEM SystemBuilder on a MacBook Air?

I just bought a new MacBook Air for university and would really like to have a Windows 7 installation accessible. Now if I use Boot Camp for it, there's always the same problem: I set the size for ...
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Windows OEM vs retail difference

My laptop has an OEM version of Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I need to reinstall Windows, and I've made sure that disk I have downloaded is the same as the one on my system (32-bit Home Premium). Is ...
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Use Generic OEM Disc to install Windows XP on Name Brand Computer

I have an old HP desktop that needs to have Windows XP reinstalled. It has Windows XP Pro on it and I have a generic Windows XP Pro OEM disc that is missing a key. Is it possible to use a generic ...
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Can I do a repair install for an OEM XP Home system with an MSDN XP Home disk?

I need to repair a computer running Windows XP Home (OEM). I don't want to do a full re-install of the operating system, just a repair install. The system belongs to someone else, and they don't ...
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Why do PC manufacturers disable advanced CPU features in the BIOS by default?

I've got a Dell Precision T5400 here, and had to go into the BIOS and flip on VT before I was able to run VMs. While I was in there, I found that several other features were disabled (even really ...
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MDT deployment of Dell OEM Windows XP Pro stumped by NTLMv2 requirement

We're working on a deployment system that uses iPXE to boot a LiteTouch PE image created by Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010, which then deploys Windows XP or Windows 7 to the clients. No ...
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Where I can I legally download Windows 7 installation .ISO files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download Windows 7 (legally from Microsoft)? Disclaimer: I'm primarily a Linux/Unix person, so all this Windows licensing stuff is new to me. Where I can I ...
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Legal to use Vista OEM to install on Computer with XP sticker? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Legally downgrade Windows Vista Home OEM license? I have a HP Probook 4410s laptop which couldn't boot and I did a clean install of the OEM Vista that came with the ...
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Can you re-install Windows 7 OEM on a new motherboard?

I want to buy a copy of Windows 7 OEM for my PC so I can run Adobe Premiere on a 64 bit OS. However, there seems to be a problem with OEM copies as some people say that once you install them you can't ...
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What key do I use with the OEM recovery partition?

Is the key just built into the partition and will resolve automatically? Or do I have to locate somewhere? I don't believe mine came with a key in the packaging. (though its not a new computer so I ...
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OEM Operating System for an Existing PC

Say that I'd recently purchased 10 PCs from a retailer, but ordered them without any OEM operating systems, am I then at a later date allowed to go back to the same retailer and purchase 10 copies of ...
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Can I upgrade a corrupted OEM copy of Windows Vista to Windows 7

We have a laptop that has an OEM copy of Windows Vista. Somehow the OS got corrupted and the only restore option is a recovery partition that also seems to be corrupted. We have verified that the ...
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OEM Office 2010 without media - how to reinstall?

I have recently purchased a new office desktop PC from Dell with OEM version of Windows 7 Pro and Office 2010 Pro. One of the reasons I always use Dell is that they always supply installation media ...
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What method computer manufacturers use to install Windows?

They automate Windows installation using scripts or do they simply restore different disk images for each hardware model? I've heard the second approach is not possible since some software that the ...
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How can I make an OEM partition an “ordinary” partition

I have an old drive cannibalized from a now non-existent computer. It is not now a boot drive. It has a 100MB OEM partition on it and I can't do anything with it. How can I recover that lost space ...
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DBAN SSD and then re-install Windows 7

I'm about to DBAN (Dariks boot and Nuke) a 30GB SSD, and then re-install Windows-7 to the disk. Question 1, is there any special setting to DBAN for SSDs (only single pass overwrite is needed I ...
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What does Microsoft Office 2010 OEM installation mean?

I bought a Dell laptop and it came pre-installed with Windows 7 (64-bit). The list of software available on the laptop given by the manufacturer says it has Microsoft Office 2010 OEM installation. ...
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Image multiple Windows 7 computers from OEM install?

Here's the situation: We've ordered a few new identical laptops at work. All came with the Windows 7 Professional OEM install. Is it possible to do an initial install of our specific local apps ( ...
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Legal issues abou reinstalling notebook software

I bought new Acer notebook. It comes with Windows 7 HP 64bit OEM. But I would like to fresh install it, and make dualboot with Ubuntu. So, first, if I reinstalled Windows for another legal version, ...
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windows product key

I received from my distributer a wrong OEM version of a windows7, I dont have time to send it back and wait for an other. Can I use the UK product key with a dutch dvd? (the one I used myself)
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New Vaio laptop, performing a fresh install

I just purchased a new Sony Vaio laptop (z-series) but being a bit of a power user I really want to get rid of the software which is installed on it. I can go through the Programs and Features and ...
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Confused about the Windows 7 Preinstallation Kit

I build custom PCs and would like to use the Windows 7 Preinstallation Kit to make installation go a little quicker and customize the Windows image. However, since each PC is built to a particular ...
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Cannot reinstall Windows on Toughbook CF-19, OEM or upgrade issue?

My Toughbook (CF-19) has a 'Windows Vista Business OEMAct, Panasonic' COA on the bottom of the unit. When I extracted the key before reformatting - it was a 'Windows XP Professional' Product Name and ...
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Uninstall OEM applications from Windows Mobile?

I'm guessing the answer to this question is "you can't," but I'm still wondering if it's possible to remove OEM applications that come pre-loaded on a Windows Mobile phone (I'm talking about the ones ...
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windows 7 and oem disks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Legal to install an OEM license of Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion? Installing XP with out manufacturers original XP restore disk, possiable with OEM disk? dell sent me a ...
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Need a license to sell computer made from OEM components and windows OEM?

As the title says do I need a license to sell a computer made using OEM components and that has windows 7 OEM included? Or if I don't need a license os there anything else I must do?
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Where can I found the installation package of Dell's OEM Windows 7?

Does Dell's OEM WindoWindows 7 installed some customized softwares? Where can I found the installation package of these customized software?